2021 NFL Scouting Combine: Full list of invited prospects
The NFL released the list of players invited to the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. A total of 323 draft prospects are invited to participate in this year's NFL combine, which will take on a different format amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Jonathan Adams, WR, Arkansas State
- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
- Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech
- Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville
- Jhamon Ausbon, WR, Texas A&M
- Kayode Awosika, OT, Buffalo
- Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
- Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame
- Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
- Derrick Barnes, ILB, Purdue
- Boogie Basham, DE, Wake Forest
- Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
- John Bates, TE, Boise State
- Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri
- Quinton Bohanna, DT, Kentucky
- Nick Bolton, ILB, Missouri
- Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
- Tuf Borland, ILB, Ohio State
- Larry Borom, OT, Missouri
- Jose Borregales, K, Miami
- Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
- Will Bradley-King, DE, Baylor
- Brady Breeze, S, Oregon
- Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona
- K.J. Britt, ILB, Auburn
- Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M
- Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
- Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
- Earnest Brown IV, DE, Northwestern
- Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
- Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
- Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
- Baron Browning, ILB, Ohio State
- Shane Buechele, QB, SMU
- Lorenzo Burns, CB, Arizona
- Matt Bushman, TE, BYU
- Rico Bussey, WR, Hawaii
- Camryn Bynum, CB, Cal
- Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
- Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
- Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
- Michael Carter II, CB, Duke
- Tory Carter, TE, LSU
- Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
- Drue Chrisman, P, Ohio State
- Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
- Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
- Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia
- Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
- Zaven Collins, ILB, Tulsa
- Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio State
- Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
- Jabril Cox, ILB, LSU
- Aashari Crosswell, S, Arizona State
- Jake Curhan, OT, Cal
- Drew Dalman, C, Stanford
- DJ Daniel, CB, Georgia
- Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
- Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
- Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri
- Jamin Davis, ILB, Kentucky
- Shawn Davis, S, Florida
- Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
- Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech
- Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
- Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
- Dai'Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls State
- Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio)
- Max Duffy, P, Kentucky
- Brennan Eagles, WR, Texas
- Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma
- Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
- Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
- Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
- D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
- Nick Eubanks, TE, Michigan
- Chris Evans, RB, Michigan
- Austin Faoliu, DT, Oregon
- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
- Luke Farrell, TE, Ohio State
- Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford
- Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA
- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Tony Fields II, ILB, West Virginia
- Paddy Fisher, ILB, Northwestern
- Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
- Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama
- Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh
- Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati
- Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
- Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas
- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
- Will Fries, OT, Penn State
- Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
- Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke
- Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri
- Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa
- Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
- TQ Graham, DT, Texas
- Kylen Granson, H-back, SMU
- Richie Grant, S, UCF
- Noah Gray, TE, Duke
- Carson Green, OT, Texas A&M
- Kendrick Green, OG, Illinois
- Olaijah Griffin, CB, USC
- Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida
- Robert Hainsey, OT, Notre Dame
- Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State
- Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh
- Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
- Pressley Harvin, P, Georgia Tech
- Blake Haubeil, K, Ohio State
- Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville
- Daelin Hayes, DE, Notre Dame
- Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
- Malik Herring, DE, Georgia
- Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
- Trey Hill, C, Georgia
- Justin Hilliard, OLB, Ohio State
- Drew Himmelman, OT, Illinois State
- Anthony Hines III, ILB, Texas A&M
- Jared Hocker, OG, Texas A&M
- Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
- Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
- Wyatt Hubert, DE, Kansas State
- James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
- Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
- Sadarius Hutcherson, OG, South Carolina
- Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
- Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky
- Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina
- Warren Jackson, WR, Colorado State
- Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
- Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
- Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
- Buddy Johnson, ILB, Texas A&M
- Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
- Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
- Josh Johnson, RB, Louisiana-Monroe
- Patrick Johnson, OLB, Tulane
- Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina
- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
- Naquan Jones, DT, Michigan State
- Patrick Jones II, DE, Pittsburgh
- Robert Jones, OT, Middle Tennessee State
- Tim Jones, WR, Southern Mississippi
- Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
- Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
- Josh Kaindoh, DE, Florida State
- Brenden Knox, RB, Marshall
- Malcolm Koonce, DE, Buffalo
- Tommy Kraemer, OG, Notre Dame
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
- Trevor Lawrence QB, Clemson
- Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
- Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia
- Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
- Walker Little, OT, Stanford
- Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
- Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas
- Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
- Ben Mason, FB, Michigan
- Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
- Isaiah McDuffie, OLB, Boston College
- Cameron McGrone, OLB, Michigan
- Javon McKinley, WR, Notre Dame
- Tre' McKitty, TE, Georgia
- Isaiah McKoy, WR, Kent State
- Racey McMath, WR, LSU
- Alim McNeill, DT, N.C. State
- Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
- Evan McPherson, K, Florida
- Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
- Michal Menet, C, Penn State
- Forrest Merrill, DT, Arkansas State
- Bryan Mills, CB, North Carolina Central
- Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
- Dax Milne, WR, BYU
- Eli Mitchell, RB, Louisiana
- Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
- Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
- Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
- Dan Moore, OT, Texas A&M
- Dave Moore, OG, Grambling
- Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
- Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan
- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
- Briley Moore-McKinney, TE, Kansas State
- Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh
- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
- Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
- Josh Myers, C, Ohio State
- Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
- Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest
- Royce Newman, OT, Mississippi
- Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina
- Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
- Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
- Tre Nixon, WR, UCF
- Tre Norwood, CB, Oklahoma
- Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt
- Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA
- Amen Ogbongbemiga, ILB, Oklahoma State
- Ade Ogundeji, DE, Notre Dame
- Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
- Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
- Joseph Ossai, DE, Texas
- Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame
- Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
- Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State
- Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
- Riley Patterson, K, Memphis
- Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
- Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma
- Antonio Phillips, CB, Ball State
- Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
- Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Tony Poljan, TE, Virginia
- Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
- Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
- Trey Ragas, RB, Louisiana
- Hamilcar Rashed Jr., OLB, Oregon State
- Monty Rice, ILB, Georgia
- Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
- Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida State
- Quincy Roche, DE, Miami
- Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
- Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
- Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri
- Greg Rousseau, DE, Miami
- Chris Rumph II, DE, Duke
- Cam Sample, DE, Tulane
- Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
- Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn
- Stevie Scott III, RB, Indiana
- Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU
- Will Sherman, OT, Colorado
- Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn
- Ben Skowronek, WR, Notre Dame
- Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
- TJ Slaton, DT, Florida
- Brandon Smith, WR, Iowa
- D'Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
- Elerson Smith, DE, Northern Iowa
- James Smith, P, Cincinnati
- Jordan Smith, OLB, UAB
- Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
- Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
- Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
- Charles Snowden, OLB, Virginia
- Dylan Soehner, TE, Iowa State
- Marquiss Spencer, DE, Mississippi State
- Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
- Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU
- Caden Sterns, S, Texas
- JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU
- Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
- Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma
- Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia
- Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
- Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
- Mike Strachan, WR, Charleston
- Grant Stuard, OLB, Houston
- Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina
- Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
- Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
- Keith Taylor, CB, Washington
- Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
- Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
- Bryce Thompson, CB, Tennessee
- Erroll Thompson, ILB, Mississippi State
- Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
- Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
- Shaka Toney, DE, Penn State
- Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU
- Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
- Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
- Joe Tryon, OLB, Washington
- Jay Tufele, DT, USC
- Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC
- Payton Turner, DE, Houston
- Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh
- Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State
- Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin
- T.J. Vasher, WR, Texas Tech
- Tyler Vaughns, WR, USC
- Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
- Kary Vincent, CB, LSU
- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
- Garret Wallow, ILB, TCU
- Ar'Darius Washington, S, TCU
- Austin Watkins Jr., WR, UAB
- Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
- Mark Webb, CB, Georgia
- Pro Wells, TE, TCU
- Pete Werner, OLB, Ohio State
- James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati
- Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU
- Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin
- Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
- Milton Williams, DE, Louisiana Tech
- Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Kansas
- Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
- Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
- Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
- Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
- Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
- Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon State
- Kenny Yeboah, TE, Mississippi
- Landon Young, OT, Kentucky
The 2021 NFL Scouting Combine will look a lot different this year. What can you expect?
The 2021 NFL Combine invitees have officially been announced. Although the league invited 323 draft prospects to the annual event, this year’s iteration will not be the same televised spectacle that fans have come to expect. In fact, one of the most anticipated events of the pre-draft process has been drastically altered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
No change will impact the fan experience more than the cancellation of in-person workouts. In other words, this year’s combine will not feature on-field drills or athletic testing. Instead, prospects will perform at third-party pro days hosted by either individual schools or training centers like EXOS. The league has stated that it intends to coordinate with universities to ensure that the athletic testing is as uniform as possible. While prospects are normally able to use their pro days to better times they record at the NFL Combine, this unorthodox offseason does not present the same opportunities.
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Although the features of the event have largely been canceled, the 2021 NFL Combine will still offer various behind-the-scenes opportunities for teams to gain crucial information about individual prospects. For example, organizations will be able to conduct remote interviews with the athletes. The NFL hopefuls will also have psychological testing done virtually.
Arguably the most important piece of the annual event in Indianapolis is the medical testing that occurs on-site. The NFL is working with teams’ physicians and trainers to iron out a plan to acquire medical checks on each prospect invited to the 2021 Combine. This will consist of both limited in-person medical evaluations in Indianapolis for a certain number of players and of tests recorded at designated third-party locations for the remaining athletes. The medical check is necessary for a team to feel comfortable drafting any prospect.
This limited version of the NFL Combine will also reduce publicity and general fan attention surrounding the draft. While prospects usually participate in numerous interviews at the annual event, they will not have that chance to promote themselves this year. Instead, schools will be asked to independently arrange media availability for the athletes.
Beyond the absence of on-field testing and media availability, the virtual combine may lead to a reduced number of rumors reported by the media in the weeks before the draft. The Indianapolis event is an opportunity for team officials to meet with their counterparts from other franchises. Naturally, conversations arise which spread news about, for example, a given team’s opinion on a certain player. Similarly, organizations will have less knowledge of which teams are interested in specific players and, consequently, may struggle strategically with trading up and down in the draft order.
The NFL Combine has grown into a fan-centric spectacle. That said, the lesser-appreciated aspects of the event are arguably the most important ones. The league will still allow players to interview with teams and will still arrange for psychological testing. It will even work to organize and consolidate medical evaluations and athletic testing around the country. From a viewer’s perspective, the 2021 NFL Combine has been canceled; however, the restructured event will provide teams with valuable information.
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The NFL's coaches, scouts and personnel executives will not descend on Indianapolis in February for the annual scouting combine, as the league has altered the event to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The combine, which has been held in Indianapolis since 1987, will be modified because of COVID-19 precautions. In a memo obtained by ESPN that was sent Monday to team executives, athletic trainers, team physicians and head coaches, the NFL outlined the format for this year's run-up to the draft.
Routinely, around 330 of the draft's top prospects are invited to the combine each year, an event whose official name is the National Invitational Camp.
The prospects are put through on-field workouts, a battery of psychological testing, in-person interviews with individual teams and an extensive medical exam.
This year, all on-field workouts will be conducted at on-campus pro days, and Monday's memo outlines that the league will try to have as much uniformity in the on-field drills as possible to give teams the ability to compare the workouts from one site to another. The memo does not specifically outline what COVID-19 precautions will be in place at the on-campus pro days but indicates that more details about how team personnel are to attend the pro days will come at a later date.
All interviews between the prospects and team officials will be conducted virtually, as will the psychological testing. The memo said the schedule for interviews will be coordinated by the staff at the NIC.
The medical exams, for the most part, are expected to be conducted in a combination of virtual interviews between players and each team's medical staffs, to go with exams done at medical facilities near the prospect's home campus.
A select number of prospects, the memo said, will be asked to travel to one or more designated sites for a more comprehensive exam -- "likely in early April,'' according to the memo -- that can be attended by one physician and one athletic trainer from each team.
Those in-person exams are expected to be conducted over a two- or three-day period. The memo said more specifics will be sent to teams in the weeks to come.
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NFL Network provides exclusive coverage of the league's next generation of talent with live coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine. Over 300 of the nation's top college prospects head to Indianapolis to showcase their talent and passion for the game in an intense, 4-day job interview. See who has the fastest 40 yard dash and other results, with live coverage of all the workouts.
Recap of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine:
For the 16th year, NFL Network covered the NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. NFL Network provided more than 60 hours of live Combine week coverage, with the first look at the 2020 NFL Draft class highlighted by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, high-level quarterbacks Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm and Jordan Love, elite defensive prospects Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, Derrick Brown and more.
NFL Network and NFL Digital Media featured a 43-man roster of talent to cover the Combine, including NFL Draft experts Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks. Host Rich Eisen anchored NFL Network's coverage of the on-field workouts joined by Jeremiah in the booth at Lucas Oil Stadium. Additional coverage was delivered by Charles Davis, Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin, as well as Steve Smith Sr., Maurice Jones-Drew, Willie McGinest, Joe Thomas, Shaun O'Hara, Ian Rapoport, Kimberly Jones, Chris Rose and Peter Schrager.
NFL Network's live coverage of on-field workouts also included analyses from Pro Bowl Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II (Friday), Pro Bowl New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (Saturday), and Pro Bowl New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Sunday).
National-champion LSU was the most represented school at the Combine with 16 players, highlighted by Joe Burrow, wide receiver Justin Jefferson, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, and defensive backs Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton. Big Ten rivals Michigan and Ohio State tied for the second-most represented school with 11 players, followed by Alabama and Georgia with 10 players.
The 2020 Combine concluded with Rich Eisen's annual 40-yard dash in his trademark suit and cleats. At the close of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon, Eisen ran the 40, clocking in at a speed of 5.98 seconds, and helped raise $980k for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
NFL Scouting Combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is a week-long showcase occurring every February at Lucas Oil Stadium (and formerly at the RCA Dome until 2008) in Indianapolis, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of National Football League coaches, general managers, and scouts. With increasing interest in the NFL Draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO, and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.
Athletes attend by invitation only. An athlete's performance during the combine can affect their draft status and salary, and ultimately their career. The draft has popularized the term "workout warrior", whereby an athlete's "draft stock" is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.
Tex Schramm, the president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1989, proposed to the NFL competition committee a centralization of the evaluation process for NFL teams. Prior to 1982, teams had to schedule individual visits with players to run them through drills and tests. The national invitational camp (NIC) was first held in Tampa, Florida, in 1982. It was originated by National Football Scouting, Inc. as a means for member organizations to look at NFL draft prospects. For non-member teams, two other camps were created and used 1982–1984. The NIC was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1984. It was renamed the NFL Scouting Combine following the merger of the three camps in 1985 to cut the cost of running the extra camps. It was held in Arizona in 1985 and once again in New Orleans in 1986 before permanently moving to Indianapolis in 1987.
Tests and evaluations
Sports writers question whether these tests have any relationship with future NFL performance. Empirical research published in 2011 found that the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle, and 3 cone drill tests have limited validity in predicting future NFL performance, suggesting that a prospect's past performance in college is a better indicator of future NFL performance than the aforementioned physical ability tests.
The 20-yard shuttle, also simply called the short shuttle, is primarily run to evaluate the quickness and change-of-direction ability of players. Although not as highly regarded a test as the 40-yard dash, it is still an important barometer used by NFL personnel to compare players. Canadian football also uses the shuttle test.
The name "20-yard shuttle" is derived from the total yards that athletes travel during the drill. This drill is also known as the "short shuttle" or the "5-10-5" drill." The athlete starts at the center cone of three cones, each a distance of 5 yards apart. The athlete then pushes off their dominant leg in the opposite direction for 5 yards and touches the line. After covering this distance and touching the line as quickly as possible, the athlete must reverse and go 10 yards in the opposite direction and again touch the line. Finally, they reverse direction again, ending the drill at the starting point after traveling another 5 yards. The procedure is timed and the athlete starts the drill on reaction to the word "Go" as announced by the person starting the stopwatch. The NFL Scouting Combine allows each participant three opportunities to run the drill, and the best time of the three attempts is recorded as that players' time.
The drill is designed to measure short-area quickness, lateral movement, flexibility and the speed at which a player can change directions. The drill also gives scouts an idea of how well a player can keep a low center of gravity as well as their ability to sink their hips.
Bench press records
At the NFL combine, bench press is used as a test of muscle strength and stamina, in which athletes lift 225 pounds (102 kg) as many times as possible. Since 1994, only 17 men at the combine have managed to achieve more than 40 repetitions.
- 51 reps: Justin Ernest (1999)
- 49 reps: Stephen Paea (2011)
- 45 reps: Mike Kudla (2006), Mitch Petrus (2010), and Leif Larsen (2000)
- 44 reps: Brodrick Bunkley (2006), Jeff Owens (2010), Dontari Poe (2012), and Netane Muti (2020)
- 43 reps: Scott Young (2005), Larry Allen (1994)
- 42 reps: Isaac Sopoaga (2004), Tank Tyler (2007), Russell Bodine (2014), Harrison Phillips (2018)
- 41 reps: Igor Olshansky (2004), Terna Nande (2006), David Molk (2012), and Vita Vea (2018)
The NFL's first scouting organization, LESTO (Lions, Eagles and Steelers Talent Organization), was started in 1963 by the teams mentioned in its name with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It became BLESTO when the Bears joined the following year and BLESTO-V when the Vikings came on board later in the decade; by 1971 the Bills, Colts and Dolphins had joined and the group was known as BLESTO-VIII. It is now known simply as BLESTO despite the fact that the Bears and Eagles are no longer members. The group's offices stayed in Pittsburgh until 2007 when the headquarters moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with support offices remaining in Pittsburgh.
CEPO (Central Eastern Personnel Organization), formed in 1964, was a joint venture of the Colts, Browns, Packers and Cardinals. Its name was changed to United Scouting after the Falcons, Giants and Redskins joined, then to National Football Scouting in 1983 to avoid confusion with the United States Football League, which began operations that year. National Football Scouting is now known simply as The National.
Another scouting organization formed in 1964 was Troika, launched by the Cowboys, Rams and 49ers. It was renamed Quadra when the Saints joined in 1967. Quadra no longer exists; its former members now all belong to The National.
As of the 2015 season, eighteen franchises participate in The National (Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans), with eight served by BLESTO (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Football Team). Each of the six non-affiliated teams (Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, and New England Patriots) relies on its in-house scouting staffs.
In a typical year, there are about 330 invited players. About 250 invitations are sent before bowl games are completed to those who have completed their seasons. However, underclassmen have until mid-January to confirm their draft status. Invitations are made to those receiving supermajority support from the selection committee.
Sports writer Steve Silverman explains, in an article he wrote, what happened to Terrell Suggs in 2003. Suggs was a star player for Arizona State but when Suggs ran a slow 4.83 40 he was downgraded. Later, he became a star player for the Ravens. Doug Tatum of Times-Picayune argues that it is unlikely players will be asked to run a 40-yard dash again during their career. Silverman says that the best way to scout is to simply watch them play.
Others think the value in the 40 depends on the position; Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout and an analyst on the NFL Network says "The position where the 40 holds the most weight is cornerback. If you're a receiver who runs a 4.6 like (Anquan) Boldin, but you have short-area quickness and strong hands, the 40 isn't a big deal. But if you're a cornerback who runs a 4.6 and you're facing a receiver who runs a 4.4, it doesn't matter how good your ball skills are."
The NFL scouting combine was first shown on television in 2004. Media and cameras were historically prohibited, but with the launch of NFL Network on November 4, 2003, six installments of one-hour shows to recap the day's events aired in February 2004. NFL Network aired two hours of combine workouts for each workout day in 2005, 26 total hours of coverage in 2006, 27 hours in 2007, and 25 hours in 2009. It began airing over 30 hours of Combine coverage starting in 2010, which received 5.24 million viewers.
In 2019, ESPN began to additionally provide live coverage from the Combine, with daily broadcasts of NFL Live on-site, including a two-hour edition airing on ABC with coverage of quarterback and wide receiver drills (marking the first time that official coverage had been provided outside of NFL Network).
Beginning in 2011, a series of eleven regional combines for players not invited to the main scouting combine, as well as other free agents, were held in eight cities (Los Angeles, Houston, Baltimore, Tampa, East Rutherford, Chicago, Atlanta, and Cleveland) from January to March. The best players from these regional combines were invited to the NFL super regional combine at Ford Field in Detroit in late March. In 2016, the NFL went away from this format only holding five Combines in Houston, Arizona, Baltimore, Minnesota and New Orleans.
The first NFL Veteran Combine was scheduled on March 22, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals' team facility. The combine corresponded with the NFL owners' meetings also being held in Phoenix from March 22–24, 2015. The combine featured veteran free agents, and all 32 clubs in attendance. There were over 2,000 applications from players to participate, although only a select few were chosen. Some of the notable players included Adam Carriker, Felix Jones, Michael Sam, and Brady Quinn. However, only two players participating in the combine (linebacker Brandon Copeland and tight end Ifeanyi Momah) were still on NFL rosters by Week 1 of the 2015 regular season.
The NFL cancelled the planned 2016 Veteran Combine, citing a lack of player interest.
On December 16, 2016, the NFL announced it would bring back the veteran combine renaming it the Pro Player Combine and focus its attention on younger players instead of veterans trying to get another chance in the NFL.
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This February, over three hundred of the very best college football players will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.
The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 23 – March 2, 2020.
Fans will again be able to attend events at the 2020 NFL Combine:
NFL Combine: Inside Look:
More fans than ever will be able to watch the top NFL prospects compete live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans participating in the NFL COMBINE: INSIDE LOOK will have the opportunity to watch skills and drills from inside the stadium just like NFL coaches and GMs. Fans will also receive in-ear radios with access to the NFL Network broadcast as well as exclusive insight from NFL Legends.
Free tickets are required for entry and correspond to a particular day and time:
Thursday, February 27: Quarterbacks & Wideouts
Friday, February 28: Running Backs
Saturday, February 29: Defensive Line & Linebackers
Sunday, March 1: Defensive Backs
HERE is the information to register for FREE to watch the skills inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
NFL Combine Experience
Get in on the action like never before at NFL Combine Experience at the Indiana Convention Center from Wednesday, February 26 – Saturday, February 29. Watch the bench press up-close, take a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, get an up-close look at the complete display of Super Bowl rings and more!
Download the NFL OnePass app for up to date information regarding the event and enter to win the ultimate prize, a trip for two to the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas April 23-25!
Hours of Operation
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26: 2:30PM – 6:00PM
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27: 2:30PM – 6:00PM
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28: 2:30PM – 6:00PM
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29: 2:30PM – 6:00PM
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